Russian Trolls Increased '2000 Percent' After Syria Attack, Pentagon Says

Russian Trolls Increased '2000 Percent' After Syria Attack, Pentagon Says

The U.S., United Kingdom and France launched targeted missile strikes on Syria in retaliation for a suspected chemical attack by Bashar al-Assad's regime on a rebel-held suburb of Damascus.

Meanwhile, Theresa May, UK prime minister, said her government resorted to military action only after its efforts at deterring the Syrian government from using chemical weapons were "repeatedly thwarted" at the United Nations by Russian Federation.

Syria said the US, French, and British strikes were an attempt to "hinder the mission's work".

He termed it as a "perfectly executed strike".

McKenzie said that none "of our aircraft or missiles involved in this operation were successfully engaged by Syrian air defenses".

State TV broadcast live from the square where a large crowd of civilians mixed with men in uniforms, including an actor, lawmakers and other figures.

The strikes appeared to have taken place far from Russia's bases near the Syrian coast.

As President Donald Trump stood before television cameras on Friday to announce he'd ordered a sustained campaign of strikes in Syria, his new national security adviser John Bolton was standing a few paces away, reading along.

Syrian President Bashar Assad on Saturday responded to overnight Western airstrikes, vowing that they would only make him more determined to crush his enemies.

Why did the US strike?

Syria said Saturday its air defenses responded to US -led strikes on military targets and research facilities in the country, condemning the attacks as a violation of global law. "We confined it to the chemical weapons-type targets".

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Assad used the chemical weapons in besieged areas in order to get rebel groups to surrender, said Andrew Tabler, an analyst at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

How successful was the mission?

Ukraine expressed solidarity with the USA, Britain and France and supports the allies' response to the chemical weapon use in Douma (Syria), which lead to numerous victims among civilians, as the press-office of the Foreign Ministry reported.

US Defence Secretary James Mattis said the air strikes were a "one time shot" to send a strong message to Assad.

Syria's government on Saturday denounced Western strikes on its military installations as a "brutal, barbaric aggression" that violated worldwide law. "We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences", Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov said in a statement.

Asked about the president's tweet on Saturday, Pentagon spokesperson Dana White said that the joint forces had "met our objective".

Top military officials urged caution, citing the potential for igniting a wider conflict in a combustible part of the world, people familiar with the discussions said.

The joint military campaign drew a swift and harsh response from Russian Federation, a key Syrian ally and its strongest partner. "We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents", Trump said.

Following the strikes, Russian Federation called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to address the military campaign.

President Donald Trump hailed the airstrikes on Saturday, and thanked US allies France and Britain for joining in the campaign.

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